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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29458234/ultrasonographic-anatomy-of-reproductive-female-leopard-geckos-eublepharis-macularius
#1
Ophélie Cojean, Claire Vergneau-Grosset, Isabelle Masseau
Captive leopard geckos (Eublepharis macularius) often present to the exotic clinic for gastrointestinal impactions, follicular stasis, or dystocia. To our knowledge, normal ultrasonographic anatomy of these lizards has not been described. The objectives of this prospective, anatomic, analytical study were to develop ultrasound techniques for this species and to describe the normal sonographic anatomy of the head, coelomic cavity, and tail. Eleven, healthy, female leopard geckos were included. A linear array 13-18 MHz transducer was used...
February 19, 2018: Veterinary Radiology & Ultrasound
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29458207/co-spray-drying-of-hygroscopic-kanamycin-with-the-hydrophobic-drug-rifampicin-to-improve-the-aerosolization-of-kanamycin-powder-for-treating-respiratory-infections
#2
Mohammad A M Momin, Ian G Tucker, Colin S Doyle, John A Denman, Shubhra Sinha, Shyamal C Das
High dose delivery of drugs to the lung using a dry powder inhaler (DPI) is an emerging approach to combat drug-resistant local infections. To achieve this, highly aerosolizable powders are required. We hypothesized that co-spray-drying kanamycin, a hydrophilic hygroscopic antibiotic, with rifampicin, a hydrophobic antibiotic, would produce inhalable particles with surfaces enriched in rifampicin. Such particles would have higher aerosolization than kanamycin alone, and minimise the mass of powder for inhalation avoiding use of non-active excipients...
February 16, 2018: International Journal of Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29458149/age-dependent-oxidation-of-extracellular-cysteine-cystine-redox-state-e-h-cys-cyss-in-mouse-lung-fibroblasts-is-mediated-by-a-decline-in-slc7a11-expression
#3
Yuxuan Zheng, Jeffrey D Ritzenthaler, Tom J Burke, Javier Otero, Jesse Roman, Walter H Watson
Aging is associated with progressive oxidation of the extracellular environment. The redox state of human plasma, defined by the concentrations of cysteine (Cys) and cystine (CySS), becomes more oxidized as we age. Recently, we showed that fibroblasts isolated from the lungs of young and old mice retain this differential phenotype; old cells produce and maintain a more oxidizing extracellular redox potential (Eh (Cys/CySS)) than young cells. Microarray analysis identified down-regulation of Slc7a11, the light subunit of the CySS/glutamate transporter, as a potential mediator of age-related oxidation in these cells...
February 16, 2018: Free Radical Biology & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29458146/enhanced-anticancer-effects-of-scutellaria-barbata-d-don-in-combination-with-traditional-chinese-medicine-components-on-non-small-cell-lung-cancer-cells
#4
Qian Wang, Narayan Acharya, Zhongwei Liu, Xianmei Zhou, Meghan Cromie, Jia Zhu, Weimin Gao
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: Experience-based herbal medicine as a complementary to modern western medicine has triggered an array of studies in quest of novel anticancer drugs. Scutellaria barbata D. Don (SB) is commonly used to treat different types of cancers, but its molecular mechanism of action is not clearly understood. In this study, we attempted to elucidate the mode of action of a traditional Chinese medicine prescription with a total of 14 components, named Lian-Jia-San-Jie-Fang (LJSJF, in Chinese), where SB works as the "principle" against non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) cells...
February 16, 2018: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29458107/wnt-receptor-signalling-in-lung-physiology-and-pathology
#5
REVIEW
Wioletta Skronska-Wasek, Reinoud Gosens, Melanie Königshoff, Hoeke Abele Baarsma
The WNT signalling cascades have emerged as critical regulators of a wide variety of biological aspects involved in lung development as well as in physiological and pathophysiological processes in the adult lung. WNTs (secreted glycoproteins) interact with various transmembrane receptors and co-receptors to activate signalling pathways that regulate transcriptional as well as non-transcriptional responses within cells. In physiological conditions, the majority of WNT receptors and co-receptors can be detected in the adult lung...
February 16, 2018: Pharmacology & Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29458077/reciprocal-regulation-of-the-cadherin-11-stat3-axis-by-caveolin-1-in-mouse-fibroblasts-and-lung-carcinoma-cells
#6
M Geletu, R Mohan, R Arulanandam, A Berger-Becvar, I R Nabi, P T Gunning, L Raptis
Caveolin-1 (Cav1) is an integral plasma membrane protein and a complex regulator of signal transduction. The Signal Transducer and Activator of Transcription-3 (Stat3) is activated by a number of receptor and non-receptor tyrosine kinases and is positively implicated in cancer. Despite extensive efforts, the relationship between Cav1 and Stat3 has been a matter of controversy. We previously demonstrated that engagement of E- or N-cadherin or cadherin-11 cell to cell adhesion molecules, as occurs with confluence of cultured cells, triggers a dramatic increase in the levels of tyr705 phosphorylated ie activated Stat3, by a mechanism requiring the cRac1 small GTPase...
February 16, 2018: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29458045/aldose-reductase-inhibitor-fidarestat-prevents-doxorubicin-induced-endothelial-cell-death-and-dysfunction
#7
Himangshu Sonowal, Pabitra Pal, Kirtikar Shukla, Ashish Saxena, Satish K Srivastava, Kota V Ramana
Despite doxorubicin (Dox) being one of the most widely used chemotherapy agents for breast, blood and lung cancers, its use in colon cancer is limited due to increased drug resistance and severe cardiotoxic side effects that increase mortality associated with its use at high doses. Therefore, better adjuvant therapies are warranted to improve the chemotherapeutic efficacy and to decrease cardiotoxicity. We have recently shown that aldose reductase inhibitor, fidarestat, increases the Dox-induced colon cancer cell death and reduces cardiomyopathy...
February 16, 2018: Biochemical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29458026/knockdown-of-fascin-1-expression-suppresses-cell-migration-and-invasion-of-non-small-cell-lung-cancer-by-regulating-the-mapk-pathway
#8
Da Zhao, Tao Zhang, Xiao-Ming Hou, Xiao-Ling Ling
Fascin-1 is a cytoskeletal protein and it can specifically bind to F-actin, it can be abnormally expressed in a variety of solid tumors. Fascin-1 was identified as a factor for poor prognosis in non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). However, the relevant molecular mechanisms are not yet fully understood. In this study, the fascin-1 knockdown cells were produced by lentivirus infection, and then cell proliferation, invasion and cell migration assay were used to investigate the role of fascin-1 in NSCLC cells. The MAPK pathway related proteins were determined by western blot...
February 16, 2018: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29458021/increased-mortality-from-influenza-infection-in-long-chain-acyl-coa-dehydrogenase-knockout-mice
#9
Apurva Shinde, Jiadi Luo, Sivakama S Bharathi, Huifang Shi, Megan E Beck, Kevin J McHugh, John F Alcorn, Jieru Wang, Eric S Goetzman
We previously showed that the mitochondrial fatty acid oxidation enzyme long-chain acyl-CoA dehydrogenase (LCAD) is expressed in alveolar type II pneumocytes and that LCAD-/- mice have altered breathing mechanics and surfactant defects. Here, we hypothesized that LCAD-/- mice would be susceptible to influenza infection. Indeed, LCAD-/- mice demonstrated increased mortality following infection with 2009 pandemic influenza (A/CA/07/09). However, the mortality was not due to increased lung injury, as inflammatory cell counts, viral titers, and histology scores all showed non-significant trends toward milder injury in LCAD-/- mice...
February 16, 2018: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29458009/the-lim-only-protein-fhl2-supports-influenza-a-virus-induced-lung-inflammation-by-restricting-the-host-adaptive-immune-response
#10
Dörthe Masemann, Rafael Leite Dantas, Siarhei Sitnik, Tanja Schied, Carolin Nordhoff, Stephan Ludwig, Viktor Wixler
FHL2 is a multifunctional adaptor protein with fine-tuning adjustment properties. It acts as a regulator of signaling cascades but also as a cofactor of transcription and controls several anti-inflammatory immune responses. Recently, we described FHL2 as a novel regulator of influenza A virus propagation. We have shown that in vitro FHL2 restricts viral replication by accelerating the IRF-3-dependent transcription of the Ifnb1 gene. In this work, we unraveled an ambiguous role of FHL2 during influenza A virus infection in vivo...
February 16, 2018: American Journal of Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29458008/trefoil-factor-2-promotes-type-2-immunity-and-lung-repair-through-intrinsic-roles-in-hematopoietic-and-non-hematopoietic-cells
#11
Li-Yin Hung, Taylor K Oniskey, Debasish Sen, Matthew F Krummel, Andrew E Vaughan, Noam A Cohen, De'Broski R Herbert
Trefoil factors are small secreted proteins that regulate tissue integrity and repair at mucosal surfaces, particularly in the gastrointestinal tract. However, their relative contribution(s) to controlling baseline lung function or the extent of infection-induced lung injury are unknown issues. Using irradiation bone marrow chimeras, we found that Trefoil factor 2 (TFF2) produced from both hematopoietic- and non-hematopoietic-derived cells is essential for host protection, proliferation of alveolar type 2 cells, and restoration of pulmonary gas exchange following infection with the hookworm parasite Nippostrongylus brasiliensis...
February 16, 2018: American Journal of Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29457979/the-samholides-swinholide-related-metabolites-from-a-marine-cyanobacterium-cf-phormidium-sp
#12
Yiwen Tao, Pinglin Li, Daojing Zhang, Evgenia Glukhov, Lena Gerwick, Chen Zhang, Thomas F Murray, William H Gerwick
Cancer cell cytotoxicity was used to guide the isolation of nine new swinholide-related compounds, named samholides A-I (1-9), from an American Samoan marine cyanobacterium cf. Phormidium sp. Their structures were determined by extensive analysis of 1D and 2D NMR spectroscopic data. The new compounds share an unusual 20-demethyl 44-membered lactone ring comprised of two monomers, and they demonstrate structural diversity arising from geometric isomerization of double bonds, sugar units with unique glyceryl moieties and varied methylation patterns...
February 19, 2018: Journal of Organic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29457907/deletion-of-adipose-triglyceride-lipase-links-triacylglycerol-accumulation-to-a-more-aggressive-phenotype-in-a549-lung-carcinoma-cells
#13
Tamara Tomin, Katarina Fritz, Juergen Gindlhuber, Linda Waldherr, Bettina Pucher, Gerhard G Thallinger, Daniel K Nomura, Matthias Schittmayer, Ruth Birner-Gruenberger
Adipose triglyceride lipase (ATGL) catalyzes the rate limiting step in triacylglycerol breakdown in adipocytes but is expressed in most tissues. The enzyme was shown to be lost in many human tumors, and its loss may play a role in early stages of cancer development. Here we report that loss of ATGL supports a more aggressive cancer phenotype in a model system where ATGL was deleted in A549 lung cancer cells by CRISPR/Cas9. We observed that loss of ATGL led to triacylglycerol accumulation in lipid droplets, and higher levels of cellular phospholipid and bioactive lipid species (lyso- and ether-phospholipids)...
February 19, 2018: Journal of Proteome Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29457828/dihydrodiosgenin-protects-against-experimental-acute-pancreatitis-and-associated-lung-injury-through-mitochondrial-protection-and-pi3k%C3%AE-akt-inhibition
#14
Yan Shen, Li Wen, Rui Zhang, Zeliang Wei, Na Shi, Qiuyang Xiong, Qing Xia, Zhihua Xing, Zhi Zeng, Hai Niu, Wen Huang
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Acute pancreatitis (AP) is a painful and burdensome exocrine pancreatic disorder with no specific drug treatment. Diosgenyl saponin extracts from Dioscorea zingiberensis C. H. Wright were reported to protect against experimental models of AP and diosgenin or its derivatives have anti-inflammatory effects in various diseases. However, the effects of diosgenin and its spiroacetal ring opened analog dihydrodiosgenin (Dydio) have not yet been determined in AP. EXPERIMENTAL APPROACH: Various concentrations of diosgenin and Dydio were tested for sodium taurocholate hydrate (Tauro)-induced necrosis in freshly isolated murine pancreatic acinar cells...
February 19, 2018: British Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29457594/biodistribution-of-colloidal-gold-nanoparticles-after-intravenous-injection-effects-of-pegylation-at-the-same-particle-size
#15
Issei Takeuchi, Haruhiko Onaka, Kimiko Makino
BACKGROUND: Recently, polyethylene glycol (PEG) modified gold nanoparticles have been studied to maintaining long-term stability in biological fluids. Its biodistribution was also reported, however, comparison of bare gold nanoparticles and PEGylated gold nanoparticles with equal particle size is not sufficient. OBJECTIVE: We prepared bare gold nanoparticles and PEGylated gold nanoparticles with diameters of 20-30-nm or 50-nm to avoid the influence of particle diameter, and studied their biodistribution in the mouse...
2018: Bio-medical Materials and Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29457322/surgical-lung-biopsies-in-elderly-patients-with-interstitial-lung-disease-weighing-up-the-pros-and-cons
#16
EDITORIAL
Lauren K Troy
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
February 18, 2018: Respirology: Official Journal of the Asian Pacific Society of Respirology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29457316/assessment-of-pulmonary-structure-function-relationships-in-young-children-and-adolescents-with-cystic-fibrosis-by-multivolume-proton-mri-and-ct
#17
Francesca Pennati, David J Roach, John P Clancy, Alan S Brody, Robert J Fleck, Andrea Aliverti, Jason C Woods
BACKGROUND: Lung disease is the most frequent cause of morbidity and mortality in patients with cystic fibrosis (CF), and there is a shortage of sensitive biomarkers able to regionally monitor disease progression and to assess early responses to therapy. PURPOSE: To determine the feasibility of noncontrast-enhanced multivolume MRI, which assesses intensity changes between expiratory and inspiratory breath-hold images, to detect and quantify regional ventilation abnormalities in CF lung disease, with a focus on the structure-function relationship...
February 19, 2018: Journal of Magnetic Resonance Imaging: JMRI
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29457247/development-of-a-multiroute-physiologically-based-pharmacokinetic-model-for-orbifloxacin-in-rabbits
#18
F Yang, F Yang, W Shi, H Si, T Kong, G Wang, J Zhang
To predict the orbifloxacin concentrations in rabbits after multiple routes of administration, a flow-limited multiroute physiologically based pharmacokinetic (PBPK) model was developed. Three routes of administration (IV, IM, and PO) were incorporated into this model. Physiological parameters including tissue weights and blood flows through different tissues were obtained from the literature. The tissue/plasma partition coefficients (PX s) for noneliminating tissues were calculated according to the area method, while the PX s for kidney and the rest of the body compartment, together with other parameters for absorption and elimination, were optimized based on the published concentrations...
February 18, 2018: Journal of Veterinary Pharmacology and Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29457229/radiomics-analysis-of-pulmonary-nodules-in-low-dose-ct-for-early-detection-of-lung-cancer
#19
Wookjin Choi, Jung Hun Oh, Sadegh Riyahi, Chia-Ju Liu, Feng Jiang, Wengen Chen, Charles White, Andreas Rimner, James G Mechalakos, Joseph O Deasy, Wei Lu
PURPOSE: To develop a radiomics prediction model to improve pulmonary nodule (PN) classification in low-dose CT. To compare the model with the American College of Radiology (ACR) Lung CT Screening Reporting and Data System (Lung-RADS) for early detection of lung cancer. METHODS: We examined a set of 72 PNs (31 benign and 41 malignant) from the Lung Image Database Consortium image collection (LIDC-IDRI). 103 CT radiomic features were extracted from each PN. Before the model building process, distinctive features were identified using a hierarchical clustering method...
February 19, 2018: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29457137/correcting-nonpathological-variation-in-longitudinal-parametric-response-maps-of-ct-scans-in-copd-subjects-spiromics
#20
Antonio Fernández-Baldera, Charles R Hatt, Susan Murray, Eric A Hoffman, Ella A Kazerooni, Fernando J Martinez, MeiLan K Han, Craig J Galbán
Small airways disease (SAD) is one of the leading causes of airflow limitations in patients diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Parametric response mapping (PRM) of computed tomography (CT) scans allows for the quantification of this previously invisible COPD component. Although PRM is being investigated as a diagnostic tool for COPD, variability in the longitudinal measurements of SAD by PRM has been reported. Here, we show a method for correcting longitudinal PRM data because of non-pathological variations in serial CT scans...
September 2017: Tomography: a Journal for Imaging Research
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